(03 November 2016) – The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222.7 million to support Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding will spur additional investments leading to a total of €398.6 million to be invested into 144 new LIFE projects in 23 Member States.
€323.5 million will go to projects in the field of environment and resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity and environmental governance and information.
Examples of recognised projects in 2016 include the new energy-saving hydrogen-electric garbage trucks in Belgium, technologies for reducing the health risks of sludge in wastewater pioneered in Italy and a project to help Greek municipalities, such as Olympia, increase recycling rates.
In the field of climate action, the investment will support climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and climate governance and information projects totalling €75.1 million.